Ranch School Photo. The Los Alamos Ranch School was founded by Ashley Pond II in 1917 and helped established Troop 22 in 1918. All graduates were required to obtain a First Class Rank in the Boy Scouts. Courtesy photo
Scouting in Los Alamos began in 1918 at the Los Alamos Ranch School. To celebrate 100 years of scouting in Los Alamos, a Scout Jamboree will be held Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 at Ashley Pond. This will be a community event to celebrate the long history of scouting in Los Alamos.
The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday with pitching your tent on the north side of Ashley Pond. The campfire program starts at 7:30 p.m. on the slab above the waterfall and will include singing, skits, s’mores and fun. Then you get to do something very few people have done in the last 75 years – camp and sleep at Ashley Pond!
Saturday morning, Oct. 20, after breakfast, you can enjoy lots of games and activities around Ashley Pond.
We’re planning to have a gaga pit, corn hole, tug o’ war, 3-legged races, horseshoes, monkey bridge, etc. We also plan on having other activities, including metal-working demonstrations and a Dutch oven cook-off! Food trucks will be available until about 2 p.m. for lunch while the games and activities continue.
Inside Fuller Lodge there will be historical displays, a 1930’s-era video promoting the Los Alamos Ranch School, camping equipment and souvenirs for sale.
The Los Alamos History Museum even has a new exhibit about 100 Years of Scouting in Los Alamos. Then we can demonstrate “Leave No Trace” by cleaning up the Pond area.
Saturday evening, beginning about 4 p.m., the focus will shift to Fuller Lodge for the 100th anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 22 and the 50th anniversary of Cub Scout Pack 20. This will begin with scouts on horseback performing a flag ceremony and Native American dancers, followed by a barbecue dinner, a presentation on the history of Troop 22 from a local historian, an awards ceremony, and traditional Dutch oven sopaipillas for dessert!
Tickets for the dinner and ceremony at Fuller Lodge will be on sale soon and seating is limited. Reservations and questions can be sent to: LAScoutingCentennial@gmail.com. Donations to defray the cost of the events would be greatly appreciated.
Modern Boy Scouts in Historic Garb. Today’s Troop 22 Boy Scouts honor the history of their troop on the steps of Fuller Lodge by wearing uniforms styled after the 1918 Boy Scout uniform. Courtesy photo
Painting by Local Artist. Painting for 2017 National Jamboree by BSA Artist our local Jeff Segler with Los Alamos boys & girls as models. Courtesy photo